Juvenile Basking Sharks on BBC News Online

Craig Whally, a keen kayaker from the Isle of Man took some brilliant pictures of 3 young basking sharks of 3-4m length on Sunday 20th August 2017. His images are so good that the BBC story about them has gone Europe-wide. This is the second time in a month that Craig and his kayaker friend Shane Stigant have seen juvenile basking sharks in Fleshwick Bay, on the South West of the Isle of Man. Fleshwick is a known hotspot for basking sharks to feed in the summer months of mid-May to Mid to late August. Basking sharks are normally thought to be about 1.5-1.7m long when ...

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DEREK THE BASKING SHARK POPS HIS TAG IN NW SCOTLAND:

 Derek' a 7m long male basking shark, was tagged at 19:20 on August 14th 2016, about 4km NW off Fleshwick on the Isle of Man. His tag now appears to be off in the NW Scottish Isles. We are leaving the tag transmitting in the hope that someone may find his tag. When we tagged Derk he was with another male shark of about 5m length. We took skin slime samples to send to Dr Les Noble's team at Aberdeen University. Three days after we tagged him, on the 17th August, he had swum half way to Ireland and popped up to the surface for and hour and a half. He then spent some of ...

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Basking Shark in the Calf Sound Last Night!

Well done to Sue Whittaker and friends. They spotted an early-season basking shark in the Sound last night. Sue says "Seen for 3 mins then dissapeared when fast rib passed nearby.  Appeared again 20 mins later a lot further away (about 1500 m) watched for another 10 mins. Last seen heading towards back of Calf.  First spotted by friends Robin and Rhona then seen by Sue & Bill Whittaker." May this be the first of many seen in the Sound this season. Keep an eye on our Facebook page too as many basking shark enthusiasts post there. See https://www.facebook.com/ManxBa...

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THE 2017 BASKING SHARK SEASON IS STARTING!

I am delighted to say that we have had a trickle of basking shark sightings. Brian Maddrell watched one off Glen Maye Beach this evening (18th May) and one was reported 1km off Ramsey on the 14th. There were also rumours of a shark off Perwick last week and off the Sugarloaf last friday. Here's hoping for more shark sightings than last year!

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Homing Basking Sharks! Tag Found on Scottish Beach

Manx Basking Shark Watch Scientists have proved that some individual basking sharks revisit summer feeding grounds in Manx waters and winter feeding grounds off Morocco. Last month Dan Calvert found a tag from one of these sharks on a Scottish beach. You may remember that the Manx Basking Shark Watch scientific research team put a Wildlife Computers SPOT satellite tag on a HUGE bulky 8m long female basking shark on 7th August 2015. We nick-named her DONG MEGALODON. See more about her at http://www.wildlifetracking.org/index.shtml?tag_id=129180. After feeding on the ...

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A PAPER IN NATURE! ‘Long-term satellite tracking reveals variable seasonal migration strategies of basking sharks in the north-east Atlantic’.

THE MYSTERY OF WHERE BASKING SHARKS GO IN THE WINTER IS FINALLY SOLVED BY A SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION INVOLVING MANX BASKING SHARK WATCH: At long, long, last after many years of many scientists working together to find out where basking sharks spend their time, especially where they go in the winter, this very prestigious scientific paper in the scientific journal 'NATURE' brings the work of many basking shark scientists to an exciting point. Manx Basking Shark Watch (MBSW) has been putting satellite tags onto basking sharks since 2007 but it was only when we joined ...

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FLOWRIDER: His second trip to Moroccan waters!

EXCITING NEWS! FLOWRIDER: THE FIRST SATELLITE-TAGGED BASKING SHARK TO REPEATEDLY MIGRATE FROM BRITISH TO MOROCCAN WATERS! This huge male basking shark was well over 8m long but as big sharks do he had also 'bulked up". He was in a large group of at least 20 basking sharks that visited Manx waters for a single day on 7th August 2015. The Manx Basking Shark Watch research team tagged 3 of them. In January 2016 Flowrider became the first basking shark satellite tagged in Manx waters to travel to waters off Morocco. That was exciting enough but the team could hardly contain ...

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FOUR WINNS GOES TO THE FAROES!

So the very big male basking shark that we nick-named FOUR WINNS for the boat that kindly pointed him out to us, has popped up near the Faroe Islands. We tagged him on the 9th of June, 3km West of Niarbyl, in Manx waters. The next day his satellite tag told us that he was a little further North about 12km off Orrisdale on the Isle of Man. We didn't hear from him again until the 14th of August when he popped up very briefly just South of the Faroe Islands, having travelled nearly 800km as the crow flies. This is very exciting as this is the first tagged basking shark that ...

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BASKING SHARK TAGGED: 6M MALE. ‘FOUR WINNS”

FOLLOW 'FOUR WINNS' ON HIS TRAVELS: WILL HE GO TO MOROCCO OR CANADA OR BE A 'STAY AT HOME' SHARK? Would you like to follow our SPOT-tagged basking sharks? You can register to get email updates when the basking shark tags send us messages about where the basking sharks are. Register now at http://www.wildlifetracking.org/index.shtml?project_id=1208. Photos by Susie Mackenzie-Fidlin See more shark news on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ManxBaskingSharkWatch/

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First Basking Shark DNA Sample of the Year!

We were out on Happy Jack, the Manx Basking Shark Watch research boat yesterday. We found a beautiful 6m long shark, its dorsal fin almost completely undamaged. We did a full basking shark passport on it, HD dorsal fin photos left and right and a skin swab for DNA analysis at Aberdeen University. Thank you to Scott and Claire Pearce for being our volunteer crew and to to Anna and Adam for following safety instructions to the letter and for helping with the DNA processing. Please note that we have to have a scientific license from DEFA to conduct this scientific research.

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